When in Nashville, you absolutely have to do one of two things…you have to sing “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places” at the top of your lungs in a public place.
You also have to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Seth and I made the assumption that it was going to be full of a bunch of lame country memorabilia–you know like Randy Travis’ gym socks or a Kleenex Kenny Rogers once used.
Nope. It’s actually pretty cool.
Here’s the thing: Seth and I are were not country music fans, but since everybody told us we couldn’t miss the Country Music Hall of Fame, we felt and obligation to go.
Good journalism demands it after all.
So we went, not thinking that any of it applied to us.
And then we had an epiphany.
We loved the music we heard. You see, the Country Music Hall of Fame mostly focuses on the origins of country music–bluegrass, folk, etc.–music Seth and I absolutely love. It’s rich and soulful and full of history–in short, early country music has a message.
Then the 80s hit, and artists (*coughRandyTraviscough*) started infusing their voices with a thick, almost comical twang. All of a sudden, people started singing about how women thinks tractors are sexy.
And the soul disappeared. Or at least, we couldn’t find it.
So visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame was a breath of fresh air. It was jam packed with stories about artists who had something to say. I’d say about 90% of the museum focused on pre-80s country music which, of course, we appreciated.
In short, the Country Music Hall of Fame turned these skeptics into fans. And that, dear Readers, is exactly why we would recommend this attraction to anybody.
Elvis’ car–there are crushed up diamonds in that paint.
…and that’s gold in the interior.
The Hank Williams exhibit was excellent, informative, and tragic.
A personal find for Carrington! I absolutely love Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” so you can imagine my excitement when I found the original manuscript at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
There are literally thousands of artifacts archived at the Country Music Hall of Fame behind glass that are not on display. Can you imagine what’s back there and how much it’s worth?